Landscape with the Fall of Icarus is a large painting from the 1560s that hangs in Belgium’s largest museum, the Musée des Beaux Arts – and is held to be a meticulous copy of an original (now lost) work by the Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder. It shows a superficially bucolic scene: ships […]Read more "A Reason Not To Worry What Others Think"
Ideal Forms Asking one’s self and others what the perfect version of something is the ideal version might sound like a strange idea What is the perfect marriage? or career? system of government? or school? It can feel immature and naïve to bother much with such questions they’re just daydreams. After all: who cares about […]Read more "Plato : Theory Of Forms"
Religion There’s a popular idea that religion is about believing certain things to be true. If you read a lot of atheist writers actually, they’ll often talk about whether the central claims of religion are true and make sense, and apologists will argue back that do. And that is absolutely valid and valuable discussion: believing […]Read more "Religion Vs Atheism"
The doctrine of karma is not the same as the doctrine of pre-destination of the Christian theology. Karma is, in a sense, fate, self-caused inevitability, not pre-destination, for within the limits given, and these limits constitute the karma inherited from the previous births, a man is free. This karma is not ‘fate’ because all the […]Read more "Is Karma Real?"
European philosophy and theology have been much exercised on the subject of ‘free will’, whereas the Hindu tradition has considered this subject as of minor importance. The explanation for this lies in the analytical understanding of the concept by both the traditions. In European thought, an individual is conceived of as a permanent fixed entity, basically […]Read more "Free Will Vs Divine Will"
Throughout the history of mankind, three little words have sent poets to the blank page, philosophers to the Agora, and seekers to the oracles: “Who am I?” From the ancient Greek aphorism inscribed on the Temple of Apollo,”Know thyself,” to The Who’s rock anthem, “Who Are You?” philosophers, psychologists, academics, scientists, artists, theologians and politicians […]Read more "Who Am I?"
How do you know you’re real? It’s an obvious question until you try to answer it, but let’s take it seriously. How do you really know you exist? In his “Meditations on First Philosophy,” René Descartes tried to answer that very question, demolishing all his preconceived notions and opinions to begin again from the foundations. […]Read more "How Do You Know You Exist?"